May 15, 2019


Amherst DOER Hearings Location Change
The May 16 DOER Hearing in Amherst has been moved to a larger venue. It will now be held at the UMass Integrated Science Building, Room 221.

Remaining hearings:
May 16, 2019
1:00 – 3:00 PM
UMass Amherst
Olver Design Building, Room 162
551 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA

May 17, 2019
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Mt. Wachusett Community College
Arthur F. Haley Academic Building, Multi-Purpose Room #115
444 Green Street
Gardner, MA

May 29, 2019
6:30 – 8:30 PM
UMass Center at Springfield, Classroom 14
1500 Main Street
Springfield, MA


The hearing got off to a rocky start with a packed room and NO mics. After quite a bit of pressure, they've found ONE mic. As one attendee described it, it's like listening to one side of a conversation. Hopefully this will be remedied as the hearing continues. It's likely to continue until May 17.  This hearing format does not allow for public comment, but a show of support in numbers of people attending is crucial! Please attend if you can.

Downtown Crossing
1 Winter Street

(go in The Corner food court door, & up the escalators)
Boston, MA

BEAT To Hosts Reusable Bag-Making Party 5/18


Yes — You CAN grommet your way to happiness!

The newly launched Tyler Street Lab is also the newest site for The BagShare Project. The BagShare is a program that creates reusable shopping bags from seed, feed and malt bags that would otherwise have ended up in the landfill or incinerator. These sturdy reusable bags are engineered to handle up to 50 lbs. of cargo, use drip irrigation tape from local farms for handles and are made with an ingenious no-sew method anyone can learn in minutes.

The BagShare Project’s Pittsfield Chapter has launched a challenge to the wider community to create 15,000 reusable bags by January 2020. We at BEAT are forming a team to pledge to make 120 bags (or more) to be used by the community – just in time for the start of the plastic bag ban. It’s a fun group activity with lots of different stages of the process to choose from.

Come join BEAT to make reusable bags using a bit of folding ingenuity, a grommet machine and a bird seed or feed bag.

Saturday, May 18, 2019
1:00 – 5:00 PM
Tyler Street Lab
730 Tyler Street
Pittsfield, MA

Please RSVP to if plan to come (last minute joiners also welcome!)
Why do BEAT and No Fracked Gas in Mass care about reusable bags? By avoiding using disposable bags, you’ll keep them from ending up in streams, rivers and other waterways we work hard to protect! New plastic is created from fracked gas, driving up demand for dangerous methods of extraction that pollute water, air and the atmosphere we all share. The BagShare Project’s method of making reusable shopping bags, developed through over a decade of experimentation and innovation by founder Leni Fried, uses materials that would normally be discarded, so it even saves the carbon footprint from fabric manufacturing that brand new cloth bags have.
Longmeadow Town Meeting voters approve restrictions on natural gas facilities
By Elise Linscott, MassLive
May 14, 2019

An article adding safety requirements for natural gas facilities to the town’s bylaws passed in a nearly unanimous vote during the annual Town Meeting Tuesday night.

The citizen petition — the last article on the 42-item warrant — was taken out of order and called to a vote after several residents spoke in favor of it. No one spoke against the article.

The intent of the citizen petition, as it read in the warrant, was to “ensure that there is adequate protection of (Longmeadow’s) citizens and its environment from noise, pollutants, emissions, discharges, leaks and other risk and hazards” associated with facilities for natural gas utilities.

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